Earlier this month, I took part in Mannes’ virtual graduation, earning my Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting. While we couldn’t celebrate in person, it was still a joyful occasion to mark the end of many years of schooling. I was privileged to study at Mannes among smart, friendly, musical colleagues and professors. David Hayes was instrumental in my development over the past two years, as were my studio mates, whom I admire very much. The next few years are exciting indeed. I’ve already moved to Philadelphia and look forward to working at Saint Mark’s on a full-time basis as their Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, among many other parts of the future to which I look forward.
I remain grateful to all my mentors and supporters over the years. They have shaped me in a way I could not do on my own. At the center of my support system is my family, and I remain thankful for all they do for me. I’m a lucky person indeed!
Here’s to much more ahead, and to celebrating what we’ve accomplished so far. My heartfelt thanks to all who’ve helped me along the way!
– Bryan Dunnewald, 30 May 2020